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Simone Wesner

  • Overview



    • My work focuses on understanding cultural producers (artists and crafters) and their practice. In particular, I am interested in constructions of cultural value and artistic identity as placed in the interface between cultural policy and arts management. 

      My latest book Artist’s Voices in Cultural Policy, Careers, Myth and the Creative Profession after German Unification, was published in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan/Springer.

      I am currently developing a new project Weaving your way through the blockchain, investigating cultural value creation among the weaving community through provenance. This project is seed-funded by the Birkbeck Innovation Fund.


    • BA Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaften), University of Leipzig
    • MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration, University of Warwick
    • PhD , University of Warwick

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director, MA in Arts Policy and Management


  • Research


    Research interests

    • artists cultural policies
    • craft cultures (weaving values and provenance)
    • methodologies (grounded theory, longitudinal research, participatory databases)

    Research overview

    My research focuses on artistic and cultural careers and the development of working and cultural practises as seen through a cultural policy lens. I am largely interested in non-economic value creation and how cultural, political and social change influences career development and artistic practice over time. I designed and work with data from the Visual Artists Cohort Study, one of the first longitudinal projects in this field that investigates the long-term impact of East/West regime change on career development. As cultural policy researcher, I work inter-disciplinarily, drawing from cultural and communication studies, human philosophy, artist management and cultural sociology. In methodological terms, I feel at home when using a grounded theory approach to explore and interpret experiences.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research projects

    Provenance and the crafts: Warping the loom

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Areas of research supervision:

    • Arts policy and artists’ careers,
    • Artistic identity and professionalisation of artists,
    • Cultural value creation in craft production,
    • Virtual arts environments,
    • Grounded theory



    Current doctoral researchers



    In my teaching, I bring together current cultural policy developments and interpretations of culture with practical managerial issues in a reflective and critical approach to arts management. 

    Teaching modules

    • Comparative Cultural Policies (ARMC221S7)
    • Dissertation (ARMC223D7)
    • Understanding Arts Policy and Management (ARMC251S7)
    • Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies (FDAP019Z7)
  • Publications




    Book Section

    • Wesner, Simone (2022) Art activism and community engagement. In: DeVereaux, C. (ed.) Managing the Arts and Culture: Cultivating a Practice. Abingdon, UK and New York, U.S.: Taylor & Francis. pp. 347-373. ISBN 9780367622619 and 9780367622633. (In Press)
    • Ferdinand, N. and Wesner, Simone and Chidzey, M. and Rossetti, G. (2021) The international events environment. In: Ferdinand, N. and Kitchin, P.J. (eds.) Events Management: An international Approach, Third Edition. Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Management. London, UK: Sage. pp. 41-60. ISBN 9781529730791.
    • Wesner, Simone (2017) The international events environment. In: Ferdinand, N. and Kitchin, P.J. (eds.) Events Management: An International Approach. Sage. ISBN 9781473919099.
    • Wesner, Simone (2013) Avatars, art and aspirations: the creative potential for learning in the virtual world. In: Childs, M. and Peachy, A. (eds.) Understanding Learning in Virtual Worlds. Human–Computer Interaction Series. Springer. pp. 117-133. ISBN 9781447153696.